Isa's GenCon 2010 Days 0 & 1
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1. Board Game: Skyline 3000 [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3465]
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So on Wednesday night I grabbed my badge and then ran over to the nearby Skyline club to game some with my local buddies.

It's really quite a nice alternative since there's little to no open board gaming space at GenCon this year. Hopefully after renovations are done next year that will change around.
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2. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1514]
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Got to try this oldie and goodie while we ate dinner.

I agree that it was nice enough. And you sometimes even had some thought as to where you might place your piece.

Denise considered it a "Light Carc". I would call it instead a "Complicated Tsuro".

And unfortunately, it didn't find the sweet spot between Carc and Tsuro for me.

Still, fun to kick off the convention playing with friends.
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3. Board Game Publisher: Z-Man Games
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Flash forward to Thursday morning. 10am. The Doors open!

We enter right by Zev, so of course we have to stop by. Zev supports out local Indy-Con every-year and is just such a great guy. He had a great array of games for sale this year. More than I think I've ever seen.

Tom Wham was there demoing Kings&Things.

He had a few copies of Magical Athlete.

My buddy picked up The Golden City that I want to try out soon.

His card games had expanded to include Bottle Imp and a few more.

It was just a crazy busy booth.
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4. Board Game Publisher: Queen Games
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Next I stopped by to say hey to Kimberly at Queen games. She'd reached out to me and said she'd be happy to teach us some new games. The whole staff at Queen Games was very jovial. We chatted for a bit and then sat down for a game of...
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5. Board Game: Samarkand: Routes to Riches [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1304]
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I was actually worried it would be too simplistic from the rules. But once we played, I learned that the cards actually add a lot of decisions to the game. They can guide your expansion and acquisition. They can also give you some tough choices about turning them in for much needed cash when someone lands on them.

We actually enjoyed it enough that I picked up a copy and will have to try it out again tomorrow sometime.

And it really does hit the target market. We picked it up to be a slightly heavy family game.
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6. Board Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
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They are so big it's nuts. I mean just insane. And they stay busy. And they rake in the dough.

On site they had:

Constantinople (I've seen the prototype for 3 years, so it was nice to finally see them selling it.)

A few demo copies of the new Civ game.

All sorts of that new Westeros C&C game.

And just tons more. I actually stayed away some just because it was so crazy.
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7. Board Game Publisher: North Star Games
 
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We stopped by Northstar of course to snag a copy of W&W Family. They were already busy at 11am so we just gave them some deserving money and moved on.
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8. Board Game Publisher: Asmadi Games
 
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Got to finally meet Chris in person. He was selling some Innovation and we saw it played plenty over the course of the day.

We also bought the smash hit "Win, Lose or Banana". Easily the best dollar spent.
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9. Board Game Publisher: Plaid Hat Games
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These guys had a booth this year. They were showing off the new deluxe boards for Summoner Wars. I keep thinking about buying it and trying it out... but I just don't do any wargaming. Maybe I'll try and sneak in a demo tomorrow.

(The nice board looked *sweet* by the way.)
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10. Board Game Publisher: Asmodee
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Had a great booth. No new releases that I knew of. I actually think I owned half of their selection already.

Well, they had the Cyclades game, but see my above comment about not really owning war games.
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11. Board Game Publisher: Zombie State Games
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Yes they were there. Yes, they were dressed up. No, I couldn't bring myself to try their game. It just looked too much like something from Twilight Creations.
 
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12. Board Game Publisher: Mayday Games
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Got to see the Crokinole board in person. Very nice! It's much bigger than I would have thought. Now I can't wait for mine.

And the train token set looked sweet too!
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13. Board Game Publisher: Gemblo, Inc.
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Crazy Korean's had come and bought a booth. It really was a sight to behold.

Unfortunately, they'd hired some un-knowledgable booth help and only one of the Korean's spoke English

Still, got to play some weird number scrabble with the designer of GemBlo.

Prolly go back and give them some money tomorrow for Peeper and GemBlo
 
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14. Board Game: Click Clack Lumberjack [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1533]
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This was nuts too. It involved swinging an axe and weird Jenga style goals. It was so silly it was great.
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15. Board Game: Skyline 3000 [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3465]
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And back to the Skyline club for some afternoon gaming!
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16. Board Game: Founding Fathers [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1074]
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This was a pleasant surprise. I did not like 1960, but this has none of the tug-of-war feel.

The events added just enough spice and historical flavor.

I didn't like it enough to own it, but I wouldn't say no if it came out again.
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17. Board Game: Keltis: Das Kartenspiel [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1652]
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Yea, Keltis jumped the shark.

But dangit, I still liked this one.

Multiplayer lost cities. And the dang blarny stones did me in. Gah!!!


Much better than the Tile game (That I just traded off.)
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18. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:407]
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An oldie but a goodie. Had a great time getting creamed by Ross and Ang
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19. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:291]
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Oiy. Ended the night with this beast.

I managed to draw about 4 complimentary Sphinx cards. Yea, that creamed the competition. I got 43 points from Sphinx cards alone.

It was great to get and play with Phebus and Dave though. Of course, so many people owed Dave thanks for the room that play got a little choppy

And if Dave reads this, then I will sell him my copy for $25.

Aside: Dave wants his own copy. Rio Grande just has "authorized dealers" in the exhibit hall. Well, this authorized dealer told Dave Egizia retails for $60 so that's what he should pay. Dave told him to forget that.
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20. Board Game Publisher: Rio Grande Games
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RGG still has their free-play room. Albion was the only new addition I didn't notice. Well, except for...
 
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21. Board Game: Dominion: Prosperity [Average Rating:8.28 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.28 Unranked]
 
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This one. Had a few copies to demo, and then a truck load landed in the dealer hall. I believe it cost you a first born child however. The treasure cards in particular looked super awesome. I shall definitely have this (But not at the ridiculous RGG GenCon mark up.)
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